Seat reduces layoff numbers by half

Seat reduces layoff numbers by half
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Spanish car maker SEAT, says its laying off 660 workers after lengthy negotiations with the unions. That is less than half the job cuts the company initially planned.

Seat, which is owned by Volkswagen, has said it has to cut cost because of falling European car sales.

A company spokeswoman said: “We managed to find a solution for our complicated, difficult and sensitive problem. We’re happy to announce that despite the circumstances we have reached an agreement.”

Production by Seat has been falling, partly due to lower sales, but also because of the company’s decision to make fewer, more up-market cars. It is expected to turn out just 390,000 cars this year.

Seat workers expressed their frustration. One said: “I’m angry and frankly I don’t feel like working anymore.” Another said: “The company has got its own way and it doesn’t care about the workers.”

SEAT group employs around 16,000 people, most of them at its plant near Barcelona.

SEAT says it has too many workers and needs to make cuts to compete better with VW and Skoda models built in eastern Europe, where wages are lower.

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